Students at Y.M.C.A. Meeting [version 1], 1901

Male students seated as audience facing a male student addressing the group from a podium. A white female teacher and four male students are seated behind the speaker. 

In 1901 the Bureau of Indian Affairs contracted with the photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston to document the school at Carlisle for an exhibit at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Johnston visited the school in the spring of that year and took at least one hundred photographs. When the school closed in 1918, two albums of Johnston's photographs were sent to the Pennsylvania State Museum, which transferred them to the Cumberland County Historical Society in 1934. This is one of the images from those albums.

Johnston took two very similar photographs of this classroom. The other version can be seen in Related Images.

This image with the caption Y. M. C. A. appears in The Indian Industrial School, Carlisle, Pa.: 23rd Year (Carlisle, PA: The School, 1902) [p. 55].

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Frances Benjamin Johnston, Washington, DC